The Bears do not have the worst document within the NFL, however that did not cease them from the turning into the primary workforce this 12 months to be eradicated from division title competition.
The Vikings’ 33-26 win over the Patriots on Thanksgiving formally implies that the Bears cannot win the NFC North, giving Chicago the unlucky distinction of turning into the primary workforce to be eradicated from division title competition.
Going into Week 12, each single workforce within the NFL was mathematically alive when it got here to profitable their division, together with the Texans, who’re at the moment sitting at 1-8-1. Regardless of that document, the Texans may nonetheless win their division. Sure, it could take a monumental collapse by the Titans, however the level is that not like the Bears, Houston continues to be mathematically alive.
The Vikings win doesn’t suggest the Bears cannot make the playoffs, it simply means it is going to be inconceivable for them to host a first-round sport since they’re going to not be capable of win the NFC North.
Here is a have a look at the division tiebreakers and why it’s now inconceivable for the Bears to win the NFC North:
- 1. Head-to-head. The Vikings have already got one win over the Bears, so the most effective Chicago can do right here is beat Minnesota in Week 18, which might even out the collection. If that have been to occur, that might take us to tiebreaker No. 2.
- 2. Greatest won-lost-tied proportion in video games performed inside the division. The Vikings are at the moment 3-0 within the division whereas the Bears are 0-3, which implies the most effective the Bears can do is tie the Vikings at 3-3. If that occurs, we might go to tiebreaker No. 3.
- 3. Greatest won-lost-tied proportion in widespread video games. The Vikings and Bears play 12 widespread video games, and that is the place the official clinching occurred. At this level, the most effective the Bears can do is go 6-6 within the widespread video games. Alternatively, with Minnesota’s win over New England, the Vikings can now do no worse than 7-5, which supplies Minnesota the sting ought to each groups end 9-8.
Though the Bears cannot win the division this 12 months, followers in Chicago in all probability will not be that upset and that is as a result of the workforce seems to lastly have discovered a franchise QB. Justin Fields has was top-of-the-line dual-threat quarterbacks in soccer and he is at the moment on tempo for 1,288 speeding yards, which might set a single-season document for quarterbacks.
Fields has additionally been on a tear over the previous few weeks: In Week 9, he grew to become the primary participant in NFL historical past with three passing touchdowns and no less than 150 speeding yards in the identical sport. In Week 10, he grew to become the primary participant in NFL historical past with two passing touchdowns, two speeding touchdowns and no less than 100 speeding yards in a sport.
The quarterback appears to have a brilliant future even when the Bears’ future won’t be so brilliant with the workforce presumably being eradicated from division title competition this weekend.